Cattle: Numbers were well up by 630 for a yarding of 1,370 head. The yarding consisted of a few more vealers, while yearlings were once again well supplied and cow numbers also increased. Quality of the young cattle was mixed with some good runs of well-bred cattle through the sale, however there was also some pens of cross bed cattle that were not suitable for feeder orders. There were several pens of light veal under 200kg that met keen re-stocker demand, as did the light yearlings under 330kg.
The market varied with re-stockers vealer steers selling to a top of 417c and re-stocker vealer heifers topped at 374c/kg. Light re-stocker yearling steers were slightly dearer selling to a top of 418c, however medium weight feeder steers were down by 10c selling to 346c to average 346c/kg. There were several pens of trade yearling heifers that struggled to hold firm selling to a top of 375c, most sales up to 340c, while feeder heifers sold to 350c/kg.
The yarding of export cattle consisted of an odd pen of grown steers and heifers and a good yarding of cows. The cow market was down by 8c to 9c with medium weights averaging 222c and heavy cows over 520kg sold to a top of 236c/kg. Local sale: G & M Starr Barraba, store conditioned heifers with calves $1240
Sheep: There was a larger yarding of 5,147 sheep, of which there was 4,000 lambs penned. The yarding of lambs consisted of a few pens of young lambs, along with a good supply of trade lambs and an increased supply of heavy lambs over 24kg. There was also a large consignment of Dorper lambs offered. Quality was good with most lambs in good 3 score condition, although there were several pens of 2 score lambs that were acquired by re-stockers.
Competition was weaker with most lambs selling firm to $3/head cheaper, some sales more. Hoggets saw little change.
The yarding of mutton consisted mainly of ewes, although there were a few pens of wethers offered. Quality was good with several pens of sheep in full wool. Competition was easier with most sheep selling $3/head cheaper, some sales more in places.